On Monday, December 24, we will have two opportunities to celebrate the birth of the Messiah into our human world.
The first Service at 7:30 p.m., with the prelude beginning at 7:20 p.m. will be a
Candlelight Holy Communion service. The prelude will begin at 7:20p.m.
The second service will begin with the prelude at 10:30 p.m. with the service beginning at 11:00 p.m., which will be a Candlelight Holy Communion Service with Pastor Oberkehr proclaiming the Christmas message.
Our Choir, along with instrumentalists, will be providing special music before the service and throughout the service. The preludes are considered to be a part of the worship experience, time for us to listen, reflect, meditate, and pray. Please enter the sanctuary quietly and remain worshipful through the preludes and into the worship service.
Four women from Trinity Lutheran Church, New Holland, recently ventured to Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, to meet the Cover Girls quilt group from Bay Shore Lutheran Church. Their long-distance connection grew out of a simple need – a bulletin cover photo. A few years ago, Bay Shore Lutheran’s administrator was seeking congregational inspiration and discovered photos from Trinity, New Holland. After two years of communicating and appreciating how deeper relationships are formed, the quilters committed to getting to know one another better by removing the distance barrier. During their trip, they enjoyed sharing stories, eating, touring, and show-and-tell. This is only the beginning of their friendship, as their connectivity continues.
What can we learn from this powerful story? Sharing the good news in our congregations reaches people far and wide and results in deeper relationships. We give thanks to the following women from Trinity, New Holland, who faithfully traveled to Wisconsin to share stories and deepen relationships: Andrea Dukeman, Karin Freimuth, Doris Hunsberger and Theona Waxbom.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.